…. a revolution in mental health care
Dr. Mabel Lopez’s passion for mental wellness is the inspiration for Mind and Brain Care. Dr. Lopez’s exceptional education and vast professional experiences enable her to address brain health on multiple levels and ensures that the cognitive and emotional needs of every patient is met. Her services are all available in English and Spanish.
Dr. Lopez is active in the Southwest Florida Community. Her passion for mental health is evident in the multiple association, institutions, and organizations of which she is a volunteers, leader, and advisor. Note that she is not employed by any of the following organizations; rather, her contributions are voluntary. Moreover, her talent and skills are highlighted by being honored with appointments and responsibilities in these very well-known organizations.
From 2009 to present, Dr. Mabel Lopez has been active as an Advisory Counsel Member (2009-2012), Board of Trustee (2013- Present), Executive Committee (2015-present) member, Secretary (2016-2019), and Member at Large (2019- Present) for the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center is a local United Way organization which provides assistance and support to Alzheimer’s persons and their caregivers in Lee County, Florida. The mission of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center is to provide educational, informational, and supportive resources for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and their caregivers in Lee County, Florida. Dr. Mabel Lopez recommends that patient’s dealing with dementia and their caregivers become involved with the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. All services are at no cost to patients and loved ones. Quality of life will improve for both patient and caregivers with this added support. Mind and Brain Care has been a proud sponsor of Brushstrokes for soul (2015, 2016, and 2017), and art auction benefitting the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center.
Dr. Lopez was president (2010-2012) and is board representative (2011-2013) for the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association.
Dr. Lopez was Chief of Psychiatry and Psychology (2008-2012) for Lee Memorial and HealthPark Hospital. She has hospital privileges at all local hospitals (Lee Memorial Hospital, Health Park Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital, and Gulf Coast Medical Center). She may be consulted at any of the above-mentioned hospitals and would be happy to follow an established, hospitalized patient upon medical request. She also accepts hospital referrals for new patients on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Lopez is a former the advisory committee for the American Psychological Associations (APA), Division 40 (Neuropsychology), Ethnic Minority Affair’s (EMA) committee (2010-2012).
Dr. Lopez completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship/Residency in Neuropsychology withinthe Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida at Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville, FL. As a postdoctoral resident, and under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Bowers (Dr. Bower’s vita, click here), she led the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the McKnight Brain Institute, where she supervised neuropsychology interns, graduate students, lab manger, and undergraduates. She conducted research and provided clinical care at the The University of Florida Movement Disorders Center (UFMDC), a center of excellence in the research and treatment of movement disorders (dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, etc.).
Dr. Lopez completed a Neuropsychology Internship at Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida at Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville, FL. Her areas of training (and talented Supervisors) are as follows:
Non-specialty Rotations: Inpatient Consultation Liaison Services (Supervisor: Robert Guenther, Ph.D., ABBP); Psycho-Oncology (Supervisor: Deidre Pereira, Ph.D.); Chronic Pain (Supervisor: Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D.); Bariatric Surgery (Supervisor: Michael Perri, Ph.D., ABBP); and Pediatric Psychology (Supervisor: Stacey Hoffman, Ph.D.)
Specialty Rotations: Adult Neuropsychology I: Adult Learning Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Inpatient Intractable Epilepsy, pre- & post- surgical ablations (Supervisor: Duane Dede, Ph.D.); Adult Neuropsychology II: Forensic Neuropsychology and Dementia (Supervisors: Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., ABPP-CN and Russell Bauer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN); Adult Neuropsychology III: Adult and Adolescent Learning Disability, Aphasia, Stroke, and Post Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (Supervisors: Eileen Fennell, Ph.D., ABPP-CN & Anna Moore, Ph.D.); Child Neuropsychology: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (Supervisor: Shelley Heaton, Ph.D.); Memory Disorders Clinic: observed integrated neurological, neuropsychological assessments of various dementias (Supervisor: Ken Heilman, M.D.)
Dr. Lopez earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosalind Franklin School of Science and Medicine/ The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL (formerly known as Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School). She completed the Neuropsychology specialty track. Her doctoral supervisor was John L. Woodard, Ph.D. and her dissertation was entitled, “Mild Cognitive Impairment: Memory, Affect, and Diagnostic Screening.” Her Master’s of Science degree was obtained under the supervision of David S. Kosson, Ph.D., and her thesis was entitled, “Assessment of Interhemispheric Integration in Psychopaths.”
Dr. Lopez earned her undergraduate degree (Major: Psychology; Minor: Biology) with honors from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. She was honored as Barry University’s Minority Undergraduate Student of Excellence (MUSE) in 1995 and was the Top Psychology Graduate in 1996. She was a member of the psychology honor society, Psi-Chi, and made the Dean’s List each of her undergraduate program. Her undergraduate honors thesis was entitled, “Global-local analysis of divided attention in a college population,” whose advisor was Christopher Starratt, Ph.D.
Dr. Lopez was the host of Viva Su Salud, a Spanish television talk show that aired on Telemundo.